GPS Team

Adaliz Diaz

GPS Spanish Training - Trainer and,

GPS en Español Panel

Adaliz Diaz

GPS Spanish Training - Trainer

GPS en Español Panel

Bio coming

Aida Ruiz-Batiste

Spanish Training Team Coach


Aida Ruiz-Batiste

Spanish Training Team Coach

Aida, a Latina woman and mother of 2 children. She has spent 25 years working in the Human Service field. This work encompasses many areas of service, including postpartum. She held the first postpartum group for Latina woman at the Brightwood Health Center. Aida looks forward to her continued service.

Alejandra Zorrilla

MASStrong Support Group Facilitator in English and Spanish


Alejandra Zorrilla

MASStrong Support Group Facilitator in English and Spanish

Alejandra is a Bolivian born in the United States and is a seeker of truth and love who tries to walk this earth with compassion and an open heart. She has academic training in Social and Audiovisual Communication, and experience working in social networks, cinema, advertising, and NGOs. Alejandra feels very blessed to be able to be part of GPS and to be able to be at the service of others, from listening and containment. In her free time, she loves creating, drawing, spending time with loved ones, doing yoga, walking, and being in nature.

Alex Iles

MASStrong Support Group Facilitator and Open Support Group Backup Facilitator


Alex Iles

MASStrong Support Group Facilitator

Open Support Group Backup Facilitator

Alex is a Life Coach supporting teen and young Parents, and parents of LGBTQ+ youth He has lived experience as a teen dad and parenting LGBTQ+ children as well as supporting teen and young parents. Alex understands that men and fathers need more support and more opportunities to speak vulnerably about their emotions and struggles and facilitates those supportive spaces.

Annette Cycon

Co-Founder

Annette Cycon

Co-Founder and Co-President

Annette has been a social worker, group facilitator and trainer for over 30 years. As the Founder and former Director of Training of MotherWoman, over 17 years, she developed programs and is well known as an advocate for mothers and a trainer in Perinatal Mood Disorders, particularly regarding the impact of structural social justice issues such as poverty, race and culture on maternal mental health. Annette has spearheaded GPS’s international program bringing GPS’s maternal mental health to program to Guatemala and other Spanish speaking communities.

Annette Cycon

Co-Founder and Co-President

Annette has been a social worker, group facilitator and trainer for over 30 years. As the Founder and former Director of Training of MotherWoman, over 17 years, she developed programs and is well known as an advocate for mothers and a trainer in Perinatal Mood Disorders, particularly regarding the impact of structural social justice issues such as poverty, race and culture on maternal mental health. Annette has spearheaded GPS’s international program bringing GPS’s maternal mental health to program to Guatemala and other Spanish speaking communities.

Argelia Alcantar

MASStrong Support Groups Facilitator in Spanish and GPS Support Group Facilitator - Spanish, Latinas

Annette Cycon

Co-Founder and Co-President

Annette has been a social worker, group facilitator and trainer for over 30 years. As the Founder and former Director of Training of MotherWoman, over 17 years, she developed programs and is well known as an advocate for mothers and a trainer in Perinatal Mood Disorders, particularly regarding the impact of structural social justice issues such as poverty, race and culture on maternal mental health. Annette has spearheaded GPS’s international program bringing GPS’s maternal mental health to program to Guatemala and other Spanish speaking communities.

Argelia Alcantar

MASStrong Support Groups Facilitator - English and Spanish

GPS Support Group Facilitator - Spanish, Latinas


Areglia is a mother of two children and has a B.A. in Psychology as well as many other certifications related to nurturing parenting and perinatal mood disorders. She loves working with and supporting her community. Argelia has worked as a community health worker in a perinatal program and as a parent coach for approximately 10 years. As a Doula, she works with parents, supporting them during their birth and post-partum journey. She recently started a Spanish mom’s support group after realizing the lack of resources for Latina mothers in her area.


Betty Doherty

Recovery Support Group Leader

Betty Doherty

Betty is a woman in long-term recovery and has held many positions in the field of recovery in MA since 1998. Betty is currently a Family Recovery Support Specialist with the First Steps Together Program working with moms and dads who have substance dependency on their recovery and parenting journey. Betty enjoys leading GPS Recovery groups for both men and women. She also serves as Board Chair for Self Esteem Boston, a program that helps women feel better about themselves from the inside out.

Cherline Arnoux, MSW

MASStrong Translation

Cherline Arnoux, MSW

MASStrong Translation

Cherline, is a proud graduate from Wheelock College with a Master’s in Social Work; currently working as a Behavioral Health Clinician for Boston Public Health Commission. Cherline is a co-creator of the Black Women in Motherhood Support Group and is currently working on a curriculum to serve black women in postpartum care within the city of Boston. She seeks to better serve her community by participating in the GPS Group Peer Support Facilitator Training as well as completing a certificate program with Simmons University focusing on Relational and Multi-Contextual Trauma.

Chris Leonard

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

Chris Leonard

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

Chris (she/her) is a skillful process facilitator who brings mindful awareness from her training as a Zen Shiatsu therapist into her work supporting workers and communities impacted by traumatic events and grief. She is based in Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

Crystal Gurney

Facilitator Development Specialist

GPS Training Team

Crystal Gurney

GPS Training Team

Crystal took the GPS Training over 10 years ago, founded Kitsap HOPE Circle to serve perinatal parenting people in Washington state and has led over 700 groups. She is the GPS lead trainer in the ongoing GPS trainings offered by Perinatal Support Washington. She brings her compassion, humor and an innovative art-based approach to running groups to support people and communities in transition.

Dan Foley

MASStrong GPS for Recovery Workforce Facilitator, GPS Open Group Facilitator, and

GPS Facilitator Training Coach

Dan Foley

GPS Training Team

Dan has worked in the Recovery workforce in Massachusetts providing peer support for 7 years, and leading programs for Men in recovery using his lived and professional experience.

Deborah Rodriguez

GPS Training Team

Deborah Rodriguez

GPS Training Team

Bio Coming Soon

Dima Aboukasm

Project Support Specialist

Dima Aboukasm

Project Support Specialist

Dima is an Anthropology Student at Columbia University. She is studying the intersection of healthcare and social justice. Dima is working to help increase access to care through her studies and work with GPS.

Dolores Encinas

MASStrong Spanish Support Group Leader and GPS Spanish Training Coach

Dolores Encinas

MASStrong Spanish Support Group Leader

GPS Spanish Training - Coach

Dolores was born in Mexico and has a deep commitment to her community. She started her professional career in 2004. Her passions are helping her community and assisting with its development. Dolores believes, “better informed people make better decisions.” Because of this belief, she became certified as a Community Health Worker. This role allows her to be a bridge between the community, agencies and resources. In May 2011, she was recognized by the city of Tucson and Pima County as a CHW serving her community.

Gladys Enciso

MASStrong Support Group Facilitator in Spanish and English and

Latinas Support Group - backup Facilitator

Gladys Enciso

MASStrong Support Group Facilitator - Spanish and English Latinas Support Group - backup Facilitator

Gladys has more than 10 years of customer service experience in a multicultural and diversified environment. Working in the financial industry has allowed her to connect with clients in some of their most vulnerable moments. She truly enjoys being of service to others.

Heidi Ross

MASStrong Support Group Facilitator


Heidi Ross

MASStrong Support Group Facilitator

Heidi is an Assistant Director of Social Work at a Medical Center in New York City, where she coordinates the Victim Services Program and supervises the Emergency Department and Outpatient social work teams. She has over 20 years of experience in the field and holds a BA in sociology from Smith College, and an MSW from NYU School of Social Work. Heidi has a New York State License for Clinical Social Work (LCSW) and manages various programs and grants related to trauma and sexual assault care. She co-facilitates annual volunteer training for Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Advocates and is involved in several inter-agency community groups including the Manhattan Sexual Assault Task Force.

Heidy Lopez

MASStrong Support Group Program for Recovery Workforce Facilitator

Heidy Lopez

MASStrong Support Group Program for Recovery Workforce Facilitator

Heidy has been her family’s translator from a young age and through those experiences developed the skills to manage complex situations and provide support to her family. Her passion for helping families has propelled her to become a GPS facilitator where she can use her lived experiences to provide compassionate support and help immigrants and refugees to find their own resilience.

Hope Tripp

MASStrong Support English Group Leader

Hope Tripp

GPS-MASStrong Support Group Leader - English

Hope is an active leader in her 1199SEIU. She works with other union members during the bargaining sessions with their State. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Christian Therapeutic Counseling at Chesapeake Bible College. Hope is a GPS-MASStrong Support Group Leader for our English support group.

Karimar Vargas

Recovery Support Group Facilitator and MASStrong Spanish Support Group Leader

Karimar Vargas

GSP Recovery Support Group Facilitator and MASStrong Support Group Leader - Spanish

Karimar, born and raised in Lajas, Puerto Rico. She collaborated in the opening of new programs for dual-diagnosis and co-occurring disorders. Once the programs were up and running, she assisted with the administration of those programs. Karimar recently obtained her Certification as a Trained Facilitator of GPS Group Peer Support and is currently working as a counselor/case manager for the Unity Place South-COERSS. As a Hispanic / Latino, Karimar can feel the challenge of language and access to resources that we face as a minority population and her passion is to be able to offer her knowledge, experience, and professionalism to marginalized populations.

Karina Bales

Moms of Infants Support Group Facilitator

Karina Bales

GSP Moms of Infants

Support Group Facilitator

Karina is a Social Worker and former Industrial Engineer. Karina's passion for social work and career change can be traced back to working with the underserved population in São Paulo, Brazil, where she spent significant time working on with orphaned children and homeless senior citizens. Karina is currently working to obtain her Master's degree, and currently she works with newborns suffering from Abstinence Syndrome and their families. Karina is a mother of three girls and loves working and helping mothers in any stage of motherhood and a GPS Group Peer Support Facilitator for Moms of Infants Groups.

Khalil Saddiq

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator and

GPS Training Team

Khalil Saddiq

Black Leaders Support Group Facilitator

GPS Training Team

Khalil is a proud Marine Corps veteran and community volunteer, racial equity consultant and development specialist, and a community activist. He is the founder of 901 Consulting specializing in transforming organizational culture through a racial equity lens. Khalil is a co-facilitator for the GPS Black Leaders Groups and part of the GPS Training Team.

Liz Friedman

CEO and Co-Founder

Liz Friedman

Co-Founder and Co-President

Liz sits on the MA Commission on the Status of Women, is on the Advisory Boards of MA PPD Fund and It Takes A Village, and has been involved in successful campaigns to pass Massachusetts’ legislation including PPD, Paid Sick Time, Paid Family Leave, Equitable Disability Insurance and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act which she led to passage. As the Founder and former Director of Programming of MotherWoman, she spearheaded the development of the evidence base for GPS Support Groups, developed a public health initiative to ensure that perinatal mothers receive the mental health care they deserve in MA, and in 2010, received the Ted Women’s Award for her outstanding work on behalf of mothers.

Lorena Verdugo

GPS Spanish Training Coach

Lorena Verdugo

GPS-MASStrong Support Group Leader-Spanish

Originally born in Mendoza Argentina, raised in Tucson Arizona, Lorena is certified in Behavioral Health Services, Community Health Advisor, and Life Coach, and recently received her Bachelor’s in science behavioral health. Currently, she is the coordinator of the local “Ventanilla de Salud” and provides on-site assistance, and outreach to low-income and Hispanic migrant families unfamiliar with the US health system. Seasone